Though we've had a brief break, Featured Friday is excited to return. We're especially excited to hear from EPPIE finalist and EPIC member, Sabra Brown Steinsiek, so please sit back and enjoy!
Thanks Vivien. I’ve been enjoying the other Featured Fridays and I thank you for doing them. But, really, only 5 questions from 50?!? Decisions, decisions!
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
This is easy. I always wanted to be a librarian. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t. My first library job was in the school library when I was in 4th grade. When I actually grew up, that’s what I became, albeit without a degree. I somehow was always in the right place at the right time to find a library job. At one point, I was even children’s librarian in the Carlsbad (NM) Public Library; my home library. That was a little trippy. I spent the first six months waiting for someone to tell me to get out from behind the desk! My first actions were to buy full sets of the Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Series. I have always believed that a reader is born when he/she find that first book to make a connection with. I think Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys get a bum rap in the world of libraries sometimes. But I never could keep them on the shelf.
My personal favorite book as a child was Elizabeth Enright’s, Tatsinda. It’s too bad it’s out of print. It’s themes of tolerance and celebrating differences are as important today as they were 50 years ago. My favorite book as an adult is Gaston LeRoux’s Phantom of the Opera which I believe addresses the same issues.
What’s the most beautiful place on earth you’ve ever seen?
There’s a short stretch of road in the Florida panhandle – 30A – near Destin Florida. With it’s white sugar sand beaches and ever changing blue-green water, it has to be the most beautiful stretch of road in the United States. That leaves out Glacier Bay, Alaska. Towering ice cliffs above literally turquoise waters. It’s a wonder everyone should see…and preserve. Then don’t even get me started on Venice, Italy…
How did you get started in the publishing industry?
Self-publishing. In 2000 it was still new and looked down on by mainstream publishers/authors. But it provided that foot in the door that has allowed me to move in the field to a small publisher that, unfortunately, closed on me to the small New Mexico publisher where I am today. 5 prizewinning novels, one book of poetry, a history of an old hotel, and a children’s book (with another in the works) later, I have no regrets over my decision to start there.
How do you measure success?
In readers. Those people who drop me a note, take time to review my books, or simply stop to chat, those are the reasons it’s all worthwhile.
What was your proudest moment in the last twelve months?
On November 17, my Taylor’s Girls series of romances won 3 best book awards for the final two books making my series the first to ever sweep the New Mexico/Arizona book awards by winning every category the books were entered in. That’s 3 Best Romances and 2 Best Adventure/Drama wins as well as a win this year for Best Cover for my final book in the series, A Time For Love. I am one proud “mama”.
About Sabra: Sabra Brown Steinsiek is a native New Mexican, born in Carlsbad. With the exception of the four years her husband was in school in Ohio, she has been a resident of her home state living in Carlsbad, Socorro, Santa Rosa, and Springer before settling in Albuquerque where she lives a rich, full fantasy life. She has one grown son and two spoiled cats.
After a life-long career in New Mexico libraries, she retired and turned to writing. Author of the acclaimed Taylor Morgan Series -Timing Is Everything, When That Time Comes, In the Fullness of Time,‘Til The End of Time, and A Time for Love. All of her novels include New Mexico locales and culture. She is also the author of the prizewinning Tale of the Pronghorned Cantaloupe for children.
She is presently at work on a new paranormal romance novel set in Venice (working title Mezzonotte) and a new children’s book about New Mexico’s state cookie, the Biscochito.
She can be reached through her website authorsabra.com.
ANNIE'S ALL GROWN UP!
She's a star on Broadway. He's an aspiring writer. They're 'just friends'.
Annie Collins Morgan, a.k.a. actress Morgan Collins, is self-sufficient, successful, and lonely after her best friend moves out to be married. Christopher 'Kit' Maxwell is desperate to move out of the student ghetto and into a space that will allow him the peace he needs to finish his novel. It's a match made in heaven and it's strictly platonic...at least at first.
Through everyday life, triumphs and tragedies, from New York to New Mexico, their friendship grows and changes. Will they realize their true feelings before it's too late?
There's a 'ghost' of a chance.